Antonio Canova

Franco Tucci, in collaboration with the Gypsoteca and the Canova Museum will sponsor the restoration of the famous Equestrian statue of the master Antonio Canova

Franco Tucci meets art colossal horse by Antonio Canova

Born in Possagno in 1757, Antonio Canova was an Italian sculptor and painter, the greatest exponent of Neoclassicism. The most important collection of his art is currently found in his birthplace and in the nearby Gypsoteca.

The precious architectures of the Museum, located in Possagno, close to Tucci factory, provide the most valid framework for the great plaster production. From this year Vittorio Sgarbi is the president of the Canova di Possagno Foundation and will coordinate the preparation of the Canova celebrations, scheduled from 2019 (200 years after the laying of the first stone of his Temple) to 2022.

“It all started with the management meeting at the Canova Museum. It is where we firstly start to talk about the idea to finance the restoration of the precious, but impressive work dedicated to Ferdinand IV of Bourbon: Canova’s Horse” says Franco Tucci.

“What better opportunity to give my contribution to art and my local community with the restoration of a work so close to our hearts” adds Tucci.

Canova’s plaster horse has its origins in an equestrian statue of Napoleon, commissioned in 1807 by Napoleon’s brother Giuseppe Bonaparte during his brief tenure as king of Naples. After Napoleon’s defeat and withdrawal from Italy, the statue was redesigned for the new rulers of Naples, the Bourbons. The finished statue, cast in bronze, is now in the Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples. As Canova did not cast bronzes himself, makes the plaster more ‘original’, and accurate, Canova’s artwork version.

To discover more we invite you to visit the official website www.museocanova.it/the-gypsotheca/?lang=en

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